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Davis students claim Uber driver discussed possible kidnapping

Two UC Davis students claim an Uber driver made comments about kidnapping them while giving them a ride Saturday evening, campus officials said Sunday.

Andy Fell, a UCD associate director of news and media, said the two female students were picked up around 7 p.m. at Drew Circle in Davis.

“It appears the driver made remarks about kidnapping, but they weren’t harmed,” Fell said.

The students were dropped off at their residence on Dairy Road and called the police from there. A report has been filed with Uber, Fell added. Uber officials were not available for comment.

The driver was described as a bald white man in his 40s with a goatee, wearing black gloves with the fingertips cut off. The driver’s Uber profile lists him as “Shaun,” according to a UC Davis police crime alert.

The alert said the man was driving a four-door Kia Forte with colored lights along the floorboards.

The incident follows a report in October of a man claiming to be an Uber driver who asked a UC Davis student for a kiss as payment for a ride.

Fell said that student was allowed to exit after a UC Davis Police Department Safe-Rides vehicle drove past the parked car. She fled to her apartment and contacted police.

Fell said there is no indication the two incidents are connected. Fell did not have an update on the Oct. 4 incident.

Anyone with information about either case can call the UCD police department at 530-754-COPS (2677) or the Davis Police Department at 530-747-5400.

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Jessica Hice: 916-321-1550, @JesserPea